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Last Minute Plans: Sünken Ships at Subterranean

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 14, 2014 5:10PM

Sünken Ships

While Sünken Ships' self-titled debut isn't out yet, you can still listen to the whole thing on their Soundcloud page (or through the stream below). The band pulls its members from lauded and some semi-legendary local groups including Sybris, Muchacha, Premium, My Cold Dead Hand and (one of our personal favorites) Mister Furley.

Pulling their influences from the underground of the late '80s and '90s, Sünken Ships specializes in guitar rock with a particular indie bent that leans more in the direction of overdriven melody than anything else. We think one listen to their album is all it will take to hook you. Its contents feel warmly familiar and the band avoids any easy pitfalls that might slow down the proceedings, instead focusing on keeping the vibe lively and the volume cranked up. This makes sense since many of these songs have been percolating through the band's live sets for years, so they've had plenty of time to naturally evolve. The result is an album of music that's had it's weaker parts rubbed off through years of stage testing. This is no new foray into the unfamiliar for these musicians. And we, as listeners, definitely benefit from that.

The band plays with Broncho and Brass Bed tonight, Jan. 14, at Subterranean, 2011 W North, 8 p.m., $10, 17+